- Sound the trumpet in Sion, make a proclamation in my holy
mountain, and let all the inhabitants of the land be confounded: for
the day of the Lord is near;
- for a day of darkness and gloominess is near, a day of cloud and
mist: a numerous and strong people shall be spread upon the mountains
as the morning; there has not been from the [a] beginning one like it, and after it there
shall not be again even to the years of many generations.
- Before [b] them is a consuming fire,
and behind them is a flame kindled: the land before them is as a
paradise of delight, and behind them a desolate plain: and there shall
none [c] of them escape.
- Their appearance is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen,
so shall they pursue.
- As the sound of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap,
and as the sound of a flame of fire devouring stubble, and as a
numerous and strong people setting themselves in array for battle.
- Before them shall the people be crushed: every face shall
be as the blackness of a [d] caldron.
- As warriors shall they run, and as men of war shall they mount on
the walls; and each shall move in his right path, and they
shall not turn aside from their tracks:
- and not one shall stand aloof from his brother: they shall go on
weighed down with their arms, and they fall upon their weapons, yet
shall they in no wise be destroyed.
- They shall seize upon the city, and run upon the walls, and go up
upon the houses, and enter in through the windows as thieves.
- Before them the earth shall be confounded, and the sky shall be
shaken: the sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall
withdraw their light.
- And the Lord shall utter his voice before his host: for his camp
is very great: for the [e] execution of
his words is mighty: for the day of the Lord is great, very glorious,
and who shall be [f] able to
- Now therefore, saith the Lord your God, turn to me with all your
heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with lamentation:
- and rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord
your God: for he is merciful and compassionate, longsuffering, and
plenteous in mercy, and repents of evils.
- Who knows if he will return, and repent, and leave a blessing
behind him, even a meat-offering and a drink-offering to the Lord your
- Sound the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, proclaim a [g] solemn service:
- gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the infants at the breast: let the bridegroom go forth
of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
- Between the [h] porch and the altar
let the priests that minister to the Lord weep, and say, Spare thy
people, 0 Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the
heathen should rule over them, lest they should say among the heathen,
Where is their God?
- But the Lord was jealous of his land, and spared his people.
- And the Lord answered and said to his people, Behold I
will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be
satisfied with them: and I will no longer make you a reproach among
- And I will chase away from you the northern adversary,
and will drive him away into a dry land, and I will [i] sink his face in the former sea, and his
back parts in the latter sea, and his [j]
ill savour shall come up, and his [k]
stink shall come up, because he has [l]
wrought great things.
- Be of good courage, 0 land; rejoice and be glad: for the Lord has
done great things.
- Be of good courage, ye beasts of the plain, for the plains of the
wilderness have budded, for the trees have borne their fruit, the
fig-tree and the vine have yielded their strength.
- Rejoice then and be glad, ye children of Sion, in the Lord your
God: for he has given you food [m] fully,
and he will rain on you the early and the latter rain, as before.
- And the floors shall be filled with corn, and the presses shall
overflow with wine and oil.
- And I will recompense you for the years which the locust, and the
caterpillar, and the palmerworm, and the cankerworm have eaten,
even my great army, which I sent against you.
- And ye shall eat abundantly, and be satisfied, and shall praise
the name of the Lord your God for the things which he has
wrought wonderfully with you: and my people shall not be ashamed for
- And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and
that I am the Lord your God, and that there is none
else beside me; and my people shall no more be ashamed for ever.
- And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall
prophesy, and your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men
shall see visions.
- And on my servants and on my handmaids in those days will
I pour out of my Spirit.
- And I will shew wonders in heaven, and upon the earth, blood, and
fire, and vapour of smoke.
- The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood,
before the great and glorious day of the Lord come.
- And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on
the name of the Lord shall be saved: for in mount Sion and in
Jerusalem shall the saved one be as the Lord has said, and they that
have glad tidings preached to them, whom the Lord has called.
[a] Gr. age.
[b] Gr. it, sc. the people.
[c] Lit. to him, sc. the people.
[d] Or, pot.
[e] Gr. works.
[f] Gr. sufficient for it?
[g] See ch. 1. 14.
[h] Gr. base.
[i] Gr. cause to disappear.
[j] Gr. corruption.
[k] See Job 6. 7.
[l] Gr. magnified his works.
[m] Gr. to exactness.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]